Brunswick, the legal advisory firm, has issued its Fifth Annual M&A Survey, polling North American M&A bankers and lawyers on their views about the current deal landscape and trends. Over 100 top deal advisors responded to the 2012 poll.
Deal flow in 2012 is expected to be on par or better than 2011. Nearly half of top bankers and lawyers predict an increase over last year, while 42 percent expect deal flow to stay the same as last year.
Global M&A volume is forecasted to be steady (77 percent predict flow will be steady or will increase this year) with the strongest activity in Brazil and China.
Asian buyers are expected to drive inbound U.S. transactions – a view that has grown steadily over the past five years.